„How much more suffering is caused by the thought of death than by death itself.“

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„More cruel than death itself, to die at that particular conjuncture!“

—  Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113
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„Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1910s, Why Men Fight https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Why_Men_Fight (1917), Context: Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet it bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. pp. 178-179

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„The thought of death deceives us; for it causes us to neglect to live.“

—  Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues French writer, a moralist 1715 - 1747
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„Suffering willingly endured is stronger than evil, it spells death to evil.“

—  Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
Discipleship (1937), Revenge, Context: Jesus bluntly calls the evil person evil. If I am assailed, I am not to condone or justify aggression. Patient endurance of evil does not mean a recognition of its rights. That is sheer sentimentality, and Jesus will have nothing to do with it. The shameful assault, the deed of violence and the act of exploitation are still evil. … The very fact that the evil which assaults him is unjustifiable makes it imperative that he should not resist it, but play it out and overcome it by patiently enduring the evil person. Suffering willingly endured is stronger than evil, it spells death to evil. p. 142.

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„One would much rather that twenty guilty persons should escape the punishment of death, than that one innocent person should be condemned and suffer capitally.“

—  John Fortescue Chief Justice of the King's Bench of England 1394 - 1476
De laudibus legum Angliae (c. 1470), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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